**Who are we?**- Over a year ago, two young travelers bought Galileo and have since transformed it into a fun & funky home for like minded backpackers. With a color palate that looks to have been picked out by Ray Charles himself, and everything from Christmas decorations to surfboards, and box monsters to wanted posters adorning the walls, this truly is one of the most unique hostel experiences in Costa Rica. Everyone on the staff (Galileans), including the owners (whacky) live onsite, so if you've got a question we're always around. Come let us welcome you into our lively and distinctive home!
**What's around?**: Located in one of San Jose's safest neighborhoods, Galileo is across the street from the British & Israeli Embassies, and two blocks away from the Spanish Embassy. We're only one block away from the city's largest park, complete with a 16 cable canopy zip line, tons of soccer pitches, a lake for fishing (we've got the gear), running trails, and even GO KARTS!
We're only a 5 minute walk from a HUGE supermarket, morning fresh market, and tons of convenience stores.
'But, what if I need money?' We're one block away from three major banks with more just down the street.
'I'm hungry and I don't want to cook.' Check out our binder full of recommendations, we're walking distance to Costa Rican, American, Israeli, Lebanese, Argentinian, Brazilian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican restaurants! (as well as everyone's favorite fast food joints!)
**What do I get?**: I'm glad you asked! Come check in and check out. We've got an atmosphere that will help you forget you're in the middle of the city. After a day enjoying the markets & museums of San Jose, or just taking several backpackers and a soccer ball with you to the park next door, come back and relax in our bar with a cold beverage or take a HOT shower, park in a hammock, and catch up with mom and dad with free wi-fi. Just finished a good book? come check out our awesome book exchange(with new books in Hebrew, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, and yes, even Canadian). Not Sure where to head to next, we've got free maps and a multi national staff that's been all over the country and are more than happy to talk about it over a beer! Don't forget to check out our LIBRARY of guidebooks and Original Rugged Pineapple Trip Reports©, compiled by travelers just like you.We've got free luggage storage for however long you're going to be on your trip, so leave your surfboards, guitars, pets(no wait - we got a puppy that way, so please don't leave pets), big suitcases, small suitcases, little brothers... We'll store it for you for free!!!
internet & Wifi
coffee and tea all day long!
Towels (shower, your mom will be proud, tell her with free phone calls to the States and Canada)
multi language book exchange
great jokes (at least we think so)
kitchen equipped with everything you need to self-cater, including rice cookers, and deep fryers (that's right, deep fryers-plural)
travel recommendation and resource desk
booking for your next hostel/tour/activity
**How do I get there?**- No matter how you're getting to San Jose, getting to us is easy. From the airport by bus we're a straight shot and one block away from the La Sabana bus stop (ring the bell when you see Soda Tapia or HSBC bank), or a $20 taxi ride. From the International and Domestic bus terminals we're a few blocks walking or a $2 cab ride! And if you're skydiving in, we're the big red building with reggae tunes and people having a good time near the park.
**Attn Sports Fans**: Galileo now has all your football (Panther fans) games every Sunday! We've also got all the baseball (Red Sox) and basketball (Celtics) games all season. And yes, for our brothers in arms up north, we ponied up for the NHL package as well. We're not really sure what all those guys with sticks are doing out there on the ice, but it looks really cold.... You're welcome. (we show all the games, but if you're pulling for one of the teams above you'll more than likely get a free shot if you wear your colors)
**Free Booze?**- Speaking of free booze: First day in San Jose? Tell us about it and get a free welcome drink. Got a great joke that you've been riding for the last three weeks of your trip? Tell us and if we think it's funny, get a buck off your stay! Experienced with your hands? Coming from an interesting place? Bring a knicknack and get a free welcome drink! Are you an artist? Ask about our hanging door program!!!
We're an eclectic bunch with an even more eclectic home! We hope you'll join us and become a part of the ever growing Galileo family!
*All private room prices are based on double occupancy*
*Smoking is not allowed in rooms, only in designated common areas.*
*Please contact us before booking groups of 8 or more*
*Please contact us in advance if bringing pets*
Availability & RatesTo view availability and prices please select dates and click 'Update Dates'
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast not included
- Cable TV
- Card phones
- Common Room
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Meeting Room
- Outdoor Terrace
- Postal Service
- Safety Deposit Box
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours Travel Desk
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
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Address for the taxi drivers:
De la Soda Tapia de Sabana, 100m (metres) este.
If you come from the airport, a taxi will cost you about US$20.
If you want to come by bus, you just have to take one outside the airport that says 'Alajuela' or 'Alajuela-San José' on it, ask the driver to stop on 'HSBC' (International Bank) right on the Paseo Colón (the main street) and Galileo is one block to the south from it.
If you are in a bus terminal in San Jose, you should take a taxi, this one will cost around ¢1000 and this is the easiest way to find us.
Banks: We have Banco Nacional, Banco De Costa Rica and HSBC one block from us Restaurants: Soda Tapia (Typical), Aqui Es (Argentinian), Los Charritos (Mexican), El Favorito (Chinese), Sabores de Jarusalem (Israeli, and GOOD), Las Mananitas (Great Margaritas), several bakeries and Soda's, and yes, all of your fast food needs. Supermarkets: There is a small pluperia one block from us (Hygea Supermarket), it closes at 5:30pm, and Mas X Menos (Large Supermarket) and AM PM (convenience store), both 4 blocks from us and open until midnight, and the largest outdoor fruit and vegetable market is four blocks away from the hostel (only open mornings). Embassies: British & Israeli both one block away, and Spanish two blocks away. And of course Parque La Sabana, the largest park in the city is only one block away!